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AUCD - Pre-Conference Workshop 6:
Strategies and Principles in Creating Fundable Grant Proposals

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Sunday, December 2, 2012 12:30PM - 03:00PM

Location: Columbia 9

Session Description

This workshop focuses on a self-instructional grant writing module for use by advanced trainees, post-doctoral fellows and early career professionals who wish to acquire grant writing skills and knowledge.  The module and accompanying workshop are designed for professionals who have no or only limited grant writing experience and expertise.  Each workshop participant will receive a copy of the module as part of registration for this workshop.

This session will be limited to 40 participants.

The content of the workshop will be focused on two parts: 1) generic grant writing principles, strategies and critical issues and 2) how to make a compelling for your proposed grant idea.  Specific topics to be addressed by the workshop and presenter are listed below.

Part 1: Generic Principles, Strategies and Issues in Successful Grant Writing

  • Developing fundable ideas
  • Basic process used to develop grant proposals
  • Principles of being an effective grants person
  • Use of graphics to summarize and integrate large bodies of information
  • Use of schemas to illustrate basic approaches to a grant
  • Importance of words, rules, language fluency, and images in grant writing
  • Understanding how peer review panels work
  • Analyzing Target Funding Agencies and Responding to Their Requests for Proposals
  • Collaborating with others
  • Sources of grant support
  • Guidelines for addressing budget and cost effectiveness

Part 2:  Making a Compelling Case or Argument for Your Proposal

  1. Overview of the case argument process
  2. Parallels in journalism (syndicated columnists) and the legal profession (trial lawyers)
  3. Approaches to making an effective case
  4. Key concepts, terms and vocabulary for use in effective grant writing and building the case argument
  5. The role of major and minor premises and their arrangement in support of a claim
  6. Writing the case argument from an ordered set of premises
  7. Practice in developing and arranging premises using sample case argument topics
  8. Critiquing existing case arguments from funded grant applications
  9. Anticipating, refuting, and precorrecting the reviewer's criticisms, questions and potential biases through counter arguments

Featured Presenter(s)

Hill Walker

Hill M. Walker, PhD: University of Oregon UCEDD

Hill M. Walker, PhD, is Professor of Special Education and Co-Director of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior at the College of Education, University of Oregon; and a Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, Oregon. He has a longstanding interest in behavioral assessment and in the development of effective intervention procedures for use in school settings with a range of behavior disorders. He has been engaged in applied research during his entire career, dating from 1966. His research interests include social skills assessment, curriculum development and intervention, longitudinal studies of aggression and antisocial behavior, and the development of early screening procedures for detecting students who are at-risk for social-behavioral adjustment problems and/or later school drop-out.